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No masking horror of Friday the 13th

In case you hadn't noticed, Friday, June 13, is upon us. Jeff Merron explains sports triskaidekaphobia.

Updated: June 13, 2003, 11:59 AM ET
By Jeff Merron | Page 2 staff

On Sept. 9, 1969, the Cubs faced the Mets at Shea Stadium. Six days earlier, Chicago had been five games up on New York in the National League pennant race. But by the 9th, the lead was down to 1 1/2 games. As the day's leadoff batter, Don Kessinger, stepped into the box against Mets ace Tom Seaver, a black cat scooted out from under the stands, and took good long glares at Kessinger and Cubs third baseman Ron Santo, awaiting his turn on the on-deck circle.

Then the cat ambled over ...

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